In life we’re bound to be pushed around like a ragdoll. One day things will be going great. The world will be opening up to you and all kinds of new opportunites are showing up at your door. The very next moment everything starts crumbling before our eyes. Everyone and everything seems to be working against us and making life harder than it needs to be. That’s the plight of life in this century. There will be ups and downs but the ebbs and flows are deeper and faster than ever before. It can feel like torture the way life goes from good to bad in the blink of an eye. But in the long run, we have to push through the good and bad to get where we want to go.
It might be hard to tell if we’re on track in life. If we look at things in a micro vision it can look like there’s no hope. But if we take the time to zoom out it can be clear how far we’ve come in life. And despite the things directly in front of us, we’re on the path to our ultimate goal. Some people don’t take the time to ever audit their life and their current position. That’s the number one mistake you can make in your journey. It’s virtually impossible to hit a target when you’re aiming blind. You have to take the time to look around and decide if you’re doing good or bad in life. Then you can make the adjustments needed to reach your goals. So ask yourself, “Are you happy with where you are in your life? Why?”
Here’s a short story on whether or not I’m happy with where I am in life right now and why.
When I was young I loved science class. I would go into science class with a look of pure excitement every single day. I was excited to learn more about how the world works and what is possible. It was so fascinating when your teacher explains to you that plants survive by using sunlight. It’s insane when you get to see plants grow and die over the span of weeks with your own eyes. It’s like waking up everyday and going to a magic show where you’re guaranteed to get your mind blown. Learning how to write a proper sentence was cute but I wasn’t really that impressed. Judging by my writing today, I probably could of pay attention in grammar a little more. But with science class I was almost guaranteed to leave with a new understanding of the world.
That was special to me as a kid. It was so enthralling that all I wanted to do was explore science for the rest of my life. I thought long and hard of how I could make that happen. I decided my best bet was to become an inventor. The creative side of me wanted to take the things I learned in science and create all kinds of new things. Hearing the stories of other inventors made me smile from cheek to cheek. I want to create peanut butter or be the crazy guy that was willing to get struck by lightning. I can make things fly if you give me enough time to test and learn. I want to test and learn about the world so I can create amazing new things. My teacher asked what do you want to be when you grow up and I would proudly say an inventor.
Then I got older and realized an inventor wasn’t a real career path. Everyone that I told would just smile and hold their laughs back. There’s no real job called inventor. I was taught that inventors were a thing of the past. The closest thing to inventors in this day and age was a science researcher or an engineer. I didn’t want to be stuck in a lab researching one cure for the rest of my life. It was important work but I wanted to apply my creativity and passion to many projects. I decided I would be an engineer. Engineers get create and design amazing things that add value to the world. You can engineer toys. You can engineer airplanes. You can engineer buildings and entire cities. There was no limit to what could be engineered. I would be an engineer one day.
Then I got even older. I was in highschool and learned that it takes a lot of time studying before you become an engineer working on amazing projects. Nobody trusts a new engineer to design the big important things. I decided that I didn’t want to wait my whole life to become an engineer. I wanted to start engineering things today. Why couldn’t I be the boss that decided what to engineer? Then I realized that I could be the boss. It’s called being an entrepreneur. You take all of the heirarchy and corporate traditions out of the equation. You take control and you take all the risks. That’s when I realized I wanted to be an entrepreneur. Not only would I be able to choose the project, I could invent and engineer it myself.
I made a point to be an entrepreneur. But I knew that I didn’t want to be just any entrepreneur. I wanted to be one of the best in the world. And the way people measure the success of entrepreneurs is by one main metric. Dollars. The amount of money you generate shows how successful and influential your business is. You have to impact lots of people to make lots of money. So I decided early that I wanted to make lots and lots of money. I wanted to at least be a millionaire by the time I was eighteen. That was my major goal. “Become a millionaire entrepreneur by the time you’re eighteen.” I started all kinds of random projects in and out of school. I never made it to that millionaire status though. Most things failed and fell by the wayside. Now I look around and have no choice but to audit my progress.
I have definitely made progress. I’ve generated way more revenue than I thought possible. I’m so much more closer to being a millionaire today. I know it’s right around the corner. The only thing is I’m twenty four years old now. I’m not the kid that’s a millionaire by eighteen. But I’m still dedicated to the goal. I’m just not anywhere near where I could be right now. I could of accomplished so much more by now if I stayed focus and made better decisions. I’m okay with where I am right now but I’m far from happy. I’m not on track and nowhere near where I want to be right now. I can be something great one day but it’s up to me to get there. I have to hold myself to high standards and stay committed to them. If I slack like I have been for the last two years, I’ll forever be behind. And that’s not my goal.
I will be a multi-millionaire before the age thirty. Just stay focused Tim. Do it for the kid that gave up being an inventor or engineer to be an amazing entrepreneur. You are EntrepreneurTim!